Why being a shabby woman is shit in summer

As I sat and pondered what my next blog post could be about, all I could think of was how much pain certain areas of my body are in. I haven’t had an accident, I am just not built for this weather.

I am a shabby woman. One that doesn’t particularly spend a lot of time on preening and polishing and picking perfect outfits. On a ‘well put together’ scale my average score is around 5.5/10 on a good day, but that could change depending on whether or not a button on my shirt is hanging on by a thread (which it was the other day, and subsequently fell off in a restaurant revealing my baps to the world). I can scrub up well, but those moments are infrequent and often still involve some kind of profuse sweating or ill-fitting underwear situation.

Summer is a time when I really suffer, and all for reasons as gross or as typical as the next. At present, after the sun has been trying to kill us for a few days, I have sunburn on my shoulders and legs which is making my skin feel like it will shatter if anyone touches it, I have severe chafing rash from being daring at the weekend and letting my thighs touch in a dress for the first time this year, my feet hurt from sweating in poorly constructed sandals, and this morning I woke up with a burning sensation in my armpit which has continued through the day. I can only assume it’s because the tap in my armpit, commonly known as the ‘sweat gland’ has been on a constant pissing spree for a couple of weeks.

I cannot comprehend how there are women out there who appear to be completely holding their shit together in the face of this steaming heatwave. How do they do it? How do they walk to work without looking like they’ve stepped directly out of a shower and into the office? I had sweat dripping into my eye before I even left the house this morning.

The whole smooth and sturdy look that some women have, is it taught, learnt, or innate? Do they have occasions where 99% of the underwear they’re wearing has been stashed away up an orifice, but decide not to mention it or make their discomfort obvious? Or do they just happen to have bodies which are exact replicas of the models their underwear was built on?

Is there anybody else out there who’s body feels like it’s slowly being melted down for glue by nature, or am I alone in this?

If you’re out there and you too are suffering, I’m here to tell you you’re not alone. You and that glorious sweaty face of yours are understood here, welcome to the ‘Community of Never Dry, Current population: 1’.

Any suggestions on how I can survive through this summer are most welcome. Please note: peeling my sunburnt skin off and starting again, duct taping my thighs apart, and walking around with my hands above my head are all ideas I’ve considered and decisively vetoed.

This post came from a result of “What am I thinking about?”, “What matters to me today?”, “How do I feel?”. It’s all good fun, isn’t it?

Fuck me, I need a cold shower and a naked starfish stat.

59 thoughts on “Why being a shabby woman is shit in summer

  1. I am not a fan of summer. I feel like I’m melted even when I am inside because of the heat. I hear you. I definitely feel super shabby in the summer. My hair frizzes really bad as well making me look extra shabby.

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    1. So glad I’m not the only one! My hair has been tied up in a ball on top of my head and it’s not coming down until summer is over!

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  2. When it’s dead heat so many suffer. Underwear soaked, breasts sweating like a waterfall ugh. I try to use driclor at night it’s meant to help keep sweat down on the underarms. Use aloe for the sunburn and keep it moisturised x

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    1. I’ve never heard of driclor before but it sounds like something I need! I’ll look into it, thanks very much 🙂 x

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  3. There are days I’m sure all of us can well relate to the sentiments you expressed here. As someone who really loves the outdoors, I try to find a place where I can relax in nature which is both shaded and breezy. Sure it can still be very hot but no one expects you to look your best when you are out among the elements! Hang in there.

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  4. I came from work feeling the same today because I had to walk back home which is about 15-minute walking but there was barely any shade throughout my walk. Needless to say, it was a pain. I came home sweaty and needing to lay down. I totally understand you!

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    1. You are in good company! My walk home from work has been the same, I’ve been coming straight through the door and into the shower! I’m not cut out for this heat.

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  5. Oh I have found my shabby sister! I love the title of this blog and I didn’t know there was a name for us but I love ‘shabby woman’. I think I’m about a 5/10 on a good day. I hate the heat. I get sunburn just opening the curtains in the morning! Roll on winter and layers of clothes.

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  6. I don’t understand people who prefer the summer over the winter! You can always layer on more clothes but you can never strip down for a trip to the grocery store! Hahaha, this was a very fun post to read, thank you for sharing your thoughts! My go-to solution for the heat is to just hide in front of my oscillating fan and never leave my room!

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    1. I like spring and autumn, but the two extremes are not for me! Hiding is the best way to avoid the heat. I don’t have a fan so have been improvising with the hairdryer on a cold setting haha.

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  7. I absolutely love this post! I’m completely with you; who are these girls who just look perfect in this heat?! I am currently travelling South East Asia and, as you can imagine, it’s a pretty sweaty affair. I can relate to this so well!

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  8. I suffer a lot during Summer too, this hot weather gives me headaches and I have no will to go out and pick the perfect outfit. I’m not regularly part of the shabby women group but during Summer I can’t help it!
    I’ll scroll through the comments to find some tips for myself ahah

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  9. Haha I don’t cope well in the heat either! I am a sweaty, greasy mess and I always look more than a little bit shabby! My hair is permanently piled up on my head!

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  10. This post made me laugh – and I’ve been nodding in agreement… why is it that some people don’t even look like they struggle with the heat? I want to know their secret! If you find out, let me know!

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  11. I wonder the same!!! I have been melting in this weather, luckily makeup has somehow stayed in tact but I sweat like crazy in this weather especially on my face and its awful!!

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  12. You’re not alone, trust me! One of the things that I really enjoy about living in the UK is the lack of hot weather (for the most part). It’s allowed me to look semi decent most of the time and not like a hot mess! When I lived in Texas or even when I go on holiday, well, that’s another story.

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  13. I to feel you especially with the face sweat makeup is a no, no and then chub rub of the thighs It may well be getting older and fatter (in my case) being the problem I’m going to quietly go and sob now

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  14. When I first read this blog post title, all I could hear in my head was Olaf from Frozen singing it. Anyway, I sweat during winter time (wearing a coat, going in and out of heated buildings etc) so summer time for me is a nightmare too. At one of my excercise classes, no-one wants to pair with me because I’m like a melting snowman! Back to that again! I tried aluminium chlorate (or whatever) but it can’t be good for you! What to do!

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  15. I think Summer can be a good season if your out in some beach drinking margaritas lol… But if your working or home its no fun and you just feel blahh because of all the heat and even if you make your self look nice all the sweat and hair frizzes make you look like you didn’t even try lol…. I tend to leave my hair curly during summer plus I don’t want to waste my time drying it so it can frizz.

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  16. I think my saving grace in the summer is that I don’t really feel heat, I’m kind of always a little bit cold. My work colleagues all think I’m crazy as they turn up looking dishevelled with layers hanging off them, then I stroll in with a hoody on wondering what all the fuss is about lol. Sorry I know you kind of hate me now so i’ll point out that i’m still a shabby little bitch I just stay the same level of shabby all year round! x

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  17. The only thing I liked about summer was the chance to go to beaches, but even that was knocked off on my list because of a number of people in resorts. I do get where you are coming from, I hate getting out of home and commuting to work!

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  18. oh see i love the summer, the hotter the better! Im a constant puddle of sweat and my hair is piled up like the Trunchbowl from Matilda but bring it on! lol

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  19. I must admit to not having these problems but do get it… not because I get too sweaty etc but just because I’m lazy as hell! Shaving my legs, donning fake tan (I have to to you see am not getting my white body out!) and trying to find my summer clothes is all too much hehe! The heatwave this year was probably too hot for anyone really. Unless on holiday! x

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